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Football gambling thrives in Poipet

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POIPET - Betting on football is illegal in Cambodia, but visitors to this frontier town on the Thai border wouldn't know it. 

People watch the live matches at online gambling shops in Poipet. Betting goes on 24 hours a day inside the shiny, glass-fronted parlours emblazoned with photos of famous European soccer players. (AP Photo)

In the rundown market where the smell of incense mixes with rotting garbage, betting goes on 24 hours a day inside shiny, glass-fronted parlours emblazoned with photos of famous European football players. Fidgety men break from lines of computers displaying odds to place bets with cashiers on matches around the world, from the obscure leagues of India and New Zealand to the giants of Europe.

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